John's Roast Pork is shut down by burglars' damage

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John Bucci outside John's Roast Pork in March 2016.

Two businesses, including a competitor, have stepped up to not only to make good but to double charity donations taken during a middle-of-the-night burglary that forced South Philadelphia sandwich landmark John's Roast Pork to close Friday.

Adam Spivak of Electric Factory and Frank Olivieri of Pat's King of Steaks each anted up $1,500 after learning that an envelope containing $1,500 and destined for Be the Match, the national bone-marrow registry, had been taken during the break-in.

John's will reopen Saturday after repairs.

John's owner John Bucci said the burglary occurred overnight when a thief or thieves gained entry through the rooftop exhaust fan by breaking a lock and removing its motor.

One thief — "had to be a skinny guy" — then shimmied eight to 10 feet down the exhaust duct through the ceiling and, using a rope, hauled away a box containing about $4,000 in cash as well as the $1,500 in donations, Bucci said. (Police later estimated the loss at $3,000.)

Wires to the electronic point-of-sale system and camera were also cut. Burglars tried unsuccessfully to open the ATM, police said.

The shop cannot open with a damaged ventilation system.

He said police were reviewing surveillance video. A repair crew was en route to the shop, on Snyder Avenue near Columbus Boulevard, to assess damage.

"I thought this place was a fortress," Bucci said. "That's the only way in, short of drilling a hole through the wall."

The $1,500 in the envelope, had been raised at the register for Be the Match, an organization close to Bucci's heart since he received bone-marrow transplants while being treated for leukemia that sidelined him for more than two years. 

The kicker is that a representative of the group was supposed to have picked up the envelope Thursday, he said.